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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins   (Source: ReadWrite.com)
Thorsten Heins thinks that tablets are a dead end

When it comes to forward-looking progress in the mobile sector, most people aren't looking to companies like BlackBerry for direction. Instead, most people look towards Google, Apple, Amazon, and to a lesser extent these days, Microsoft.
 
However, BlackBerry, which is soon set to launch its "old school" QWERTY-equipped Q10 smartphone, has gone against the grain and given a dire prediction for the future of tablets.
 
“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” said BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins while being interviewed at the Milken Institute conference. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

Companies like Apple would definitely disagree with the last statement; iPad sales have been growing ever since its introduction in 2010. In addition, the iPad (along with the iPhone) are bringing in the majority of the profits for Apple while its iPod and Mac product lines have played a back seat role.
 
Amazon is also using its relatively low-cost tablets to lure customers to its digital media and streaming product offerings. The online retail giant makes little to no money on the sale of the actual Kindle Fire hardware, but counts on a steady stream of revenue from customers that purchase eBooks, TV shows, and movies.
 
Microsoft is also betting big on tablets as witnessed by its Surface and Surface Pro tablets (although Microsoft is finding out that breaking into an Apple/Google-dominated market is tough work).
 
It's pretty easy to see why Heins is pessimistic about tablets due to the abject failure of its 7" PlayBook, but to decry the failure of the entire tablet market seems a bit premature.
 
So does Thorstein Heins have a magic 8-ball that is accurately predicting the future, or do you think that he is downplaying the importance of the tablet form-factor until BlackBerry can launch a credible entry? 

Source: Bloomberg



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RE: Business...
By HoosierEngineer5 on 4/30/2013 3:03:48 PM , Rating: 2
Since many schools are not forcing the parents to buy these devices, and they make (very expensive) toys for Christmas presents, I believe the current sales are indeed inflated. When the prices become reasonable and usability improves, it is clear that most people will have them, but the days of the must-have-it-at-all-costs will be nearing and end.

After owning one for a few weeks (iPad), I still wouldn't buy one unless I was forced to. There are just not enough times I personally need mobile computing.

The one feature, strangely, that seems to be missing that would be compelling is GPS. For the price I paid, I'm amazed it was not included. That, and an Ethernet port. Apple always just seems to do things 'there way'. Guess it's good for the rest of you.


RE: Business...
By HoosierEngineer5 on 4/30/2013 3:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
...meant NOW forcing.


RE: Business...
By bodar on 4/30/2013 10:44:14 PM , Rating: 1
You can't put an ethernet port in a tablet that thin. An RJ45 port is roughly twice as tall as most tablets are thick. If you really (really?) need wired connectivity, there's an adapter:

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC704ZM/A/apple-...


RE: Business...
By bodar on 4/30/2013 10:47:18 PM , Rating: 2
Oh fail, that's for Macbook Air. I could've sworn there's an adapter for Lightning port though...


RE: Business...
By Decom on 5/1/2013 9:08:50 AM , Rating: 2
Totally not true.

See this one, I know it's not an iPad/Galaxy tab but to say you can't do it is just a flat out lie :-

http://www.tinydeal.com/101-resistive-screen-andro...

Ok, so it's Resistive and probaly a POS, but it can be done.


RE: Business...
By Mint on 5/1/2013 12:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
It's pretty thick where the RJ45 is, so I wouldn't say he's wrong.


RE: Business...
By bodar on 5/1/2013 7:47:44 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, "can't" be done, was hyperbole, but it's a design compromise. You do need to make that part fatter to include an RJ45 port. And for what? Where is this great clamoring for tablets that you can connect to an ethernet port that tablet makers would need to redesign their chassis for? Wi-Fi is pretty ubiquitous now and the whole point of a tablet is to be unplugged. It just doesn't makes sense.


RE: Business...
By jimbojimbo on 5/1/2013 3:57:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
That, and an Ethernet port
Yes, I want an ethernet cable plugged into my mobile device. Dual band Wifi-n is capable of streaming 720p content just fine so what exactly do you need that ethernet cable for?


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